Press Releases

megaphoneThe American College of Pediatricians periodically releases statements that relate to current issues affecting the lives of children and their families. To read a press release, click on the title of any of the following listed in chronological order.

Sex Change Therapy: Not Best for Children

NEWS RELEASE HOLD for Release on February 28, 2012 Contact: Den Trumbull, MD, FCP Telephone: 888-376-1877 Fax: 352-376-4959 Website contact: Email contact: SEX CHANGE THERAPY: NOT BEST FOR CHILDREN Gainesville, Florida – February 28, 2012 – The American College of Pediatricians (The College) is alarmed by physicians at Boston Children’s Hospital who are […]

Plan B: Not a Good Plan

Plan B Not an A Plan for Kids The American College of Pediatricians applauds Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius in her correct and courageous decision to retain the age restrictions on the emergency contraception pill, Plan B.  Given the potential for misuse, overuse, and the significant side effects of this drug, these age […]

Chemical Castration – Not the Best for Children

NEWS RELEASE October 27, 2011 Gainesville, Florida – October 27, 2011 – The American College of Pediatricians (The College) is alarmed by the increasingly prevalent and unscientific trend to treat Gender Identity Disorder (GID) in children as an inborn trait rather than as the treatable psychological condition it is. GID in children is manifest as […]

Parent Rights and Children’s Health: Inseparable

Gainesville, Florida – October 13, 2011 – The American College of Pediatricians (The College) is alarmed by California’s recent enactment of a law that disrespects the parent-child relationship and under cuts parental authority in the management of healthcare for the child. On October 9, 2011 California’s Governor Brown enacted a law that allows children as young […]


The American College of Pediatricians defends the family with an amicus brief in the case of Golinski vs U.S. Office of Personnel Managment. According to an article by The Recorder, among those joining the College filing amicus briefs in the Golinski case are U.S. Attorneys General Edwin Meese III and John Ashcroft; 14 state attorneys general; […]

Bullying: Silence No More!

“Bullying is not a new phenomenon, and schools should be attentive to the needs of all bullied students, not just to those most vocal about their plight” says Dr. Den Trumbull, President of the American College of Pediatricians. This week is the annual observance of the “Day of Silence” sponsored by the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network […]

Immunizations are Safe: College Rejects Shoddy Research

Gainesville, Florida – January 20, 2011 – The American College of Pediatricians (The College) is committed to the immunization of infants, children and adolescents according to the published reports and schedules of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). British physician Dr. Andrew Wakefield’s 1998 report claiming a link […]

Supporting Parental Rights for Sexual and Relationship Education

Parental rights have suffered a severe blow once again.  The school board in Provincetown, Massachusettsrecently rescinded an ill-advised policy to distribute condoms to elementary school students. While the rescission is an excellent decision, the Board still plans to distribute condoms to older students without parental consent or even knowledge. Dr. Tom Benton, President of the American College of Pediatricians (the […]

College Opposes Female Genital Cutting (FGC)

The American College of Pediatricians (The College) calls for the continued banning of all forms of female genital cutting (FGC).  In a change of policy last week, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), an entirely separate and independent professional association, recommended that “federal and state laws enable[d] pediatricians to reach out to families by offering a ritual nick […]

College Cautions Educators About Sexual Orientation in Youth

The American College of Pediatricians cautions educators about the management of students experiencing same-sex attraction or exhibiting symptoms of gender confusion.   These concerns are outlined in a letter and fact sheet sent by College president Thomas Benton, MD, to all 14, 800 school district superintendents in the U.S. Dr. Benton also alerts them to a new Web resource,, […]

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